Photograph of the faÃ§ade of the 'Treasury' or
Hall of Audience (or possibly Guards' Quarters) at Vijayanagara,
from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, c.1880.
Vijayanagara, the City of Victory, was the most powerful Hindu
kingdom in Southern India from 1336 until the defeat by the Muslim
armies in 1565. It was built on the bank of the Tungabhadra River
surrounded by granite hills. Th…